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Law + tech news round-up

Last week, the Attorney-General introduced the telecommunications sector security reform Bill into Parliament. Freedom House has released its annual ‘Freedom on the Net’ report. In Victoria, the government has announced an inquiry into suppression orders placed on court proceedings. And University of Melbourne researchers write that testing the strength of methods used to protect privacy in open data should not be a crime.  That’s just some of the (relatively) recent law + tech news.  Happy reading …

COPYRIGHT

Event: Advancing Reading Equality: Discrimination, Copyright and Equality: Law opening the E-Book for the print disabled. (Sydney) | https://goo.gl/x7rNvG

Move to block Kickass Torrents in Australia continues despite site-takedown. | Computerworld | https://goo.gl/mAFDzh

E-books can be lent by libraries just like normal books, rules EU’s top court. | Ars Technica | https://goo.gl/FDb8aY

DEFAMATION, MEDIA  LAW & FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION

Turkey, the world’s leading jailer of journalists, has shut down 160 media outlets since the coup attempt. | The Guardian | https://goo.gl/FNjGSH

Silencing the Messenger: Communication apps under pressure. | Freedom on the Net | https://goo.gl/hTVvkR

Digital redlining after Trump: Real names + fake news on Facebook. | Medium | https://goo.gl/DrDjc4

Review to judge just how much justice can be seen to be done. | The Age | https://goo.gl/todZ7D

PRIVACY & INFORMATION SECURITY

Crime and privacy in open data. | Pursuit | https://goo.gl/Znjy3Y

The Red Cross Blood Service: Australia’s largest ever leak of personal data. | Troy Hunt | https://goo.gl/ikFxD0

Five reasons NOT to use Facebook posts for insurance premiums. | Paul Bernal’s Blog | https://goo.gl/BczQy6 And Facebook says it will build a system to prevent advertisers from buying credit, housing or employment ads that exclude viewers by race. | Pro Publica | https://goo.gl/zzfO0X

We built a fake web toaster to tempt the Mirai botnet. It was hacked within an hour. | The Atlantic | https://goo.gl/vtakZW

Telecommunications security bill to be reviewed by PJCIS. Submissions due 3 February. | APH | https://goo.gl/4Q2d9u

TECHNOLOGY

Our civic duties as techies: US CTO Megan Smith. | Medium | https://goo.gl/fXm8QQ

Early thoughts on the Australian Productivity Commission’s draft data sharing report: Ellen Broad. |  Medium | https://goo.gl/LKOx8I The draft report on ‘date availability & use’ is available here.

Ontario police are broadcasting thousands of text messages to phones used close to the site of a murder. | BBC | https://goo.gl/f5CQJG

Deadline for submissions on Australia’s first Open Government National Action Plan has been extended. Now due Friday 18 November. | OGP | https://goo.gl/K8rDGC

15 November 2016

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